Fragrance has always gone hand in hand with fashion. Smelling good is as important as looking good, and because scent is so closely tied to memory and emotions, you want to choose a smell that sets you apart! Most high-end designers pride themselves on having a signature scent that people identify with; and for good reason, the longevity of a brand isn't always guaranteed with only an apparel line.
While the average consumer will happily spend between $75-$150 for a good bottle of perfume or cologne, there are actually some pricier options on the market. Packaging, ingredients, and marketing costs affect the final price of these exclusive scents.
10 Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien: $441.18 Per Ounce
The vintage Annick Goutal Eau D'Hadrien was first launched in 1981. Almost 40 years later, it has made a comeback, and is one of the most sought-after pricey perfumes. As the tenth most expensive perfume in the world, this sells for $441.18 per ounce.
A strong fragrance boasting hints of ylang-ylang, basil, and citrus, this perfume is very fitting for the decade that it came from. Think 80's dinner party, big hair, sequins, and too much makeup.
9 JAR Bolt Of Lightning: $765 Per Ounce
At $765 per ounce, Paris-born JAR Bolt of Lightning is one of the most costly bottles of perfume in the world. Carried exclusively at JAR boutiques, the fragrance is the creation of legendary jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal. His jewelry, and his perfume, are both considered to be world-class in the fashion world. Created in 2001, this women's perfume is fruity and floral, with notes of oriental flowers and tuberose, or so people say. Joel Arthur Rosenthal has actually never released the notes that are included in his signature scent, adding to its mystery and allure.
8 Joy By Jean Patou: $850 Per Ounce
If you love floral scents, Joy by Jean Patou is definitely for you. At $850 per ounce, this pricey perfume is offered in extremely limited supply. Only 50 bottles are made per year. With ingredients that include 28 dozen roses and 10,000 Grasse jasmine flowers, the scent will literally evoke joy as soon as you smell it.
Underlying tones of ylang-ylang, tuberose, and Bulgarian rose round the scent out. This scent is iconic and classic, and is one of the most renowned rose-based scents in the world.
7 Caron Poivre: $1,000 Per Ounce
Poivre by Caron is one of the most iconic perfumes on this list. Created in 1954, it served as a celebratory creation to mark Caron's 50 year anniversary as a perfume creator. Poivre, which has been marketed as a unisex scent, has spicy and peppery tones, with a woody base, and floral undernotes. The fragrance denotes strength, bravery, and wilderness. Specially packaged in a handcrafted Baccarat bottle and luxurious box that is meant to replicate a spice box, this scent is a splurge at $1,000 per ounce.
6 Hermes 24 Faubourg: $1,500 Per Ounce
Nothing screams luxury quite like Hermes, and the 24 Faubourg perfume is definitely one of the most renowned fragrances in the world. Holding the sixth most expensive slot, 24 Faubourg is extremely limited edition, with only 1000 bottles having been made.
The scent conjures up a romantic horseback ride; notes of ylang-ylang, sandalwood, patchouli, and orange blossom blend beautifully and offer a very long-lasting wear. Priced at $1,500 per ounce, this is one of the most expensive perfumes in the world.
5 Clive Christian No. 1: $2,150 Per Ounce
As one of the most iconic and prestigious perfume designers in the world, Clive Christian's No. 1 is top range when it comes to perfume budgeting! At $2,150 per ounce, the renowned fragrance was actually the most expensive perfume in the world, in launch years of 2001 and 2006. Another deep and musky, intense scent, it comes in two variations. For women, the Floral Oriental, and for men, the Woody Oriental. It is currently the fifth most expensive perfume in the world.
4 Chanel Grand Extrait: $4,200 Per Ounce
Chanel is by far the most recognized fashion and fragrance designer in the world. Women from all walks of life enjoy the No. 5 Eau de Parfum, which was originally created in 1921. The pure perfume is a pure splurge for real fans, at $4,200 per ounce for the Grand Extrait.
The beautiful blend of jasmine, rose, vanilla, and sandalwood has been made iconic, over the years, thanks to so many loyal users. It is the fourth-highest priced perfume in the world.
3 Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees De Thebes: $6,800 Per Ounce
Holding the third most expensive spot is Les Larmes Sacrees de Thebes perfume by Baccarat. Coming in at $6,800 per ounce, this is not a choice for the budget-minded! As leaders in the crystal jewelry and figurine industry, they wowed consumers with their world-class perfume bottle, which comes in a stylish pyramid shape. The limited-edition perfume made its debut in 1998, along with two other limited edition fragrances in the collection. Only 1500 bottles of each were made, which contribute to the high price of the scent. With notes of frankincense and myrrh, this is a powerful and unique scent.
2 Clive Christian No. 1 Imperial Majesty Perfume : $12,722 Per Ounce
Clive Christian holds a second spot on the top 10 of most expensive perfumes in the world. In second place is No. 1 Imperial Majesty perfume, which sells for $12,722 per ounce. The romantic and powerful scent for women is inspired by the goddess of love, Aphrodite. A perfect blend of Tahitian vanilla, ylang-ylang, and rosa centafolis makes this one of the most enticing scents in the world. A guaranteed long-lasting fragrance, a little will go a long way. At the price of a bottle, that's good news for everyone who chooses to buy it!
1 DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle: $1 Million Per Ounce
The most expensive perfume in the world is the DKNY Golden Delicious Million Dollar Fragrance Bottle, which goes for an astounding $1 million dollars. The high price is mostly attributed to the craftwork on the bottle, which has an incredible count of 2,909 diamonds and other precious stones. The top of the bottle features a 4-carat rose-cut diamond, as well as a 2.5-carat yellow Canary diamond. The hand-crafting of the bottle took roughly 1,500 hours. The scent is iconic, but the main attraction is the presentation. The high price does come with a perk: the entire proceeds of the sale go to the Action Against Hunger non-profit organization.